McConnell’s approach reflects the basic political reality confronting him. He will have to work closely with Biden over the next two years, particularly if he leads a slim GOP majority. But he also has to work with Trump over the next few weeks: to pass coronavirus relief and a government funding bill and to win two critical Georgia Senate run-off races. If they can hold at least one seat they will keep the majority, but they will need Trump’s energized supporters to do it.
“The whole thing has been a delicate balancing act to hold our base together for Georgia,” said a Republican senator.
McConnell also told reporters Tuesday he didn’t want to get ahead of himself when it comes to talking about confirming Biden’s Cabinet, concluding that “President Trump is going to be there until Jan. 20. We need to continue to work with him.”